Term Dates 2023:

Term 1: Wednesday 2 February - Friday Thursday 6 April

Term 2: Monday 24 April - Friday 30 June

Term 3: Monday 17 July - Friday 22 September

Term 4: Monday 9 October - Friday 15 December (half day)

2023 Public Holidays (during Term time):
Term 1:
Waitangi Day - 6 February
Good Friday - 7 April
Term 2:
Anzac Day - 25 April 
King's Birthday - 6 June
Matariki - 24 June
Term 3: Nil
Term 4: Labour Day - 24 October

Contact Details:

Rotorua Specialist School
36 Kea Street
Selwyn Heights
Phone: (07) 3476717
Fax no: (07) 3476714
Email: office@rss.ac.nz

Latest News


Kia ora,  

Tuesday: Matariki Mahi Tahi at School - Hangi Prep

Wednesday: Matariki Hangi Deliveries

Friday: Manawatia a Matariki!! Happy Maori New Year!!  (The first public holiday to recognonise Te Ao Maori)

It is a time to celebrate new life, to remember those who’ve passed and to plan for the future. And it’s a time to spend with whānau and friends – to enjoy kai (food), waiata (song), tākaro (games) and haka.

Our tūpuna (ancestors) would look to Matariki for help with their harvesting. When Matariki disappeared in April/May, it was time to preserve crops for the winter season. When it re-appeared in June/July, tūpuna would read the stars to predict the upcoming season – clear and bright stars promised a warm and abundant winter while hazy stars warned of a bleak winter.  - TWOA



"Matariki star weaving at Hornby" by Christchurch City Libraries is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

2022 Cross Country!

Kia Ora Koutou

What an awesome day we had for our Senior Cross Country event on Friday May the 27th. 

The sun was shining, the birds were singing and the tamariki were nervously waiting for Mr P. to start the race. As soon as the starter's gun signalled, the tamariki were off along the course, winding their way between the cones, over bridges, up poo covered hills and dodging the minefield of prickles!

The hoards of spectators yelled words of encouragement as the athletes made their way down the final descent toward the finish line. Taimarino led the way for the boys, and Ronnie was our fastest girl, however all tamariki and staff showed a real "go for it!" attitude. 

Unfortunately, due to the weather conditions we were unable to hold the junior event, however all classes were fit and ready to go.

Awesome effort R.S.S.!

Thanks to the Rotorua Tree Trust for the beautiful setting for our cross country.